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Strongest Cornish beer, ever?

The Driftwood Spars Brewery, based in St Agnes, Cornwall, has released what it believes to be the highest ABV beer ever brewed in the county, as a result of its latest small batch experiment. The beer, which is called Hygge* is intended to be enjoyed instead of wine or port and goes perfectly with a […]

Three cheers for the Chancellor

The owners of an award-winning family-run cidery in Warwickshire welcomed the Alcohol Duty reform announced in the recent Budget, which they claim will help boost the growth of their business, post-pandemic. Jolyon Olivier, who runs Napton Cidery, said that the Chancellor’s new measures around duty bands for alcohol will save their business tens of thousands […]

London Spirits Competition

As one of the media partners of the London Spirits Competition, we’re delighted to let you know that The Ritz, The Stafford, The Connaught Bar, Gleneagles, Roka, 45 Park Lane and Dukes Hotel are just some of the prestigious names on the judging panel for the London Spirits Competition. Over the last few years, The […]

Looming beer drought

According to the Morning Advertiser, there is a looming crisis on the drinks delivery front. Due to a combination of Brexit and the pandemic, there is a shortage of HGV delivery drivers. Add this to the threatened strike action by drayman who have rejected their latest pay offer and there is a very real threat of […]

US craft beers head to the UK

The Brewers Association, the USA’s not-for-profit trade association for small and independent American craft brewers, will be participating in the Manchester Craft Beer Festival (23-24 July) and London Craft Beer Festival (13-15 August). This is a first for the association which has lined up an exciting range of high-quality, innovative American craft beers showcasing a […]

Still going strong

Despite the pandemic, the number of distilleries in the UK increased by 124 in 2020, up 28% on the number of new distilleries the year before. This was the first time that the increase in the number of distilleries had increased by more than 100, giving a total of 563 registered spirit makers across the […]

Summertime Blues

In the opening lines to the classic country song, Summertime Blues – Well I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler; About workin’ all summer just to try an’ earn a dollar – the singer laments his lack of freedom and that he can’t enjoy the summer because he has to work. Today, following […]

World Cider Day 3 June 2021

Coinciding with World Cider Day – 3 June 2021 – award-winning Napton Cidery has launched a limited edition cider to mark launch of their new taproom. The day has been a long time coming for the owners of Napton Cidery, whose grand opening plans were cancelled due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. During the lockdown Jolyon […]

Boost for hospitality sector

At Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we’re delighted to see so many cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants starting to re-open, in line with the latest government advice, but we know that according to the Morning Advertiser three in five pubs remain closed. Whilst it is very good news for the operators of those venues that can […]

Ramsbury Vodka takes gold

Ramsbury Estates’ Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka has just been named as the Best Spirit of the Year and best Vodka of the Year award at the 2021 London Spirits Competition. The distillery that produces the award-winning vodka is based in the village of Ramsbury, at the heart of the 19,000-acre Ramsbury Estate, where the spirit […]